Nobody can say Cuban food is healthful--not with a straight face, anyway. But there’s also no denying that it’s delicious.
My friend Di discovered how good Cuban food is when she and I were in high school, and she started eating dinner with my family on a regular basis. The only Spanish she ever learned was “Mas platanos fritos, por favor.”
For this dinner of fried chicken paired with plantains, look for ripe plantains (platanos) in Latino markets and well-stocked supermarkets. They look like bananas that should have been tossed a few days ago; they’re perfect for frying. Before long, you might just find yourself saying, “Mas platanos, por favor.”
Serve this with rice and a salad of sliced avocados tossed with a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt.